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We live next to a retirement community. We work in a retirement community. Our children are part of the statistics of number of births in a retirement community. But we're not retired!

Tuesday, May 30, 2006

By Popular Demand...

I don't know how popular the demand is, but I've heard a few rumblings of "we want to see pictures of you!" aka "What does a 5'1" Asian woman look like when she's carrying twins at 32 weeks?" So here are a few recent pics.

First, one of Mark and I at a baby shower. Aunt Judy, Cousin Jen, and my sister Deb put together a wonderful shower for us. We had a great time visiting with friends and family - and got some amazing gifts! Our boys are already spoiled!

This is Mom and I at her surprise "First-Time Grandma" Shower. Her neighbors hosted that one and had so much fun doing it! The cake was for her birthday as well and read, "Happy Birthday Grandma Joyce." The person who decorated it asked if "Grandma Joyce" was pregnant!And this is me as of today - May 30. The dress definitely accentuates the belly (as if it needs accentuating). I'm at the point where dresses are about the only things I can wear now.

Today we had another ultrasound - this one with measurements and estimated weights. The babies are continuing to surprise us, every step of the way! The smaller one is starting to catch up to the bigger on his weight. They are now approximately 3 lbs. 11 oz. and 4 lbs. It's the smallest difference we've had yet! The other big surprise is that they decided to change positions. I'm not sure of how they did it, but they went from both being head down to Baby A being breech and Baby B being transverse. Their heads are together in the upper right side.

Tomorrow I have a regular dr. appointment. Keep praying that the babies stay in there for at least 4 more weeks!!

Friday, May 19, 2006

Nursery!

Here are some pics of the nursery - about 90% complete. We still have to finish the curtains for the closet (we're taking off the doors and replacing them with curtains for easier access), add a few things to the walls, and get a changing station set up. It has come together nicely and we're pleased with the result. I know that the boys won't care (they will probably have no memory of the nursery anyway), but I like it! :)

Wednesday, May 17, 2006

All Drains Lead to the Ocean

To continue the story of Waffle (I figured out which fish was which), on Sunday I fed him parts of the inside of a pea, just like the website told me to. After just a couple of hours, he really seemed to perk up! He was swimming around with less effort, going to the top of the water, and even blowing some bubbles. Mark and I believed that peas are miracle food for Bettas! The next couple of days he looked ok, but I didn't want to feed him too much, so I let him swim around happily. Today I came downstairs only to find him laying at the bottom of his home. Though the pea may not have been his miracle food, it allowed him to have some happy moments in his dying days.

It may not have been a tumor, but it was fatal to our poor little Waffle. He followed in the path of Roscoe this morning, being flushed to his final resting place. We can all take solace in knowing that all drains lead to the ocean...

Sunday, May 14, 2006

It's Not A Tumor

Yesterday I looked at my two little Betta fish and noticed that one had an abnormal growth on his underside. I thought it was strange that my poor little fish (I don't remember which one he is, Waffle or Max, since we got a new little tank for them) would have this growth - and that it happened so fast. I was sure that it was a tumor. Today my little fish is in an almost vertical position and really having a hard time swimming. So, as the good fish parent that I am, I decided to look it up on the internet. We have friends who mentioned something to us about "air bladder" in a goldfish they once had - he lived upside down for days! I found a site on-line that said our fish doesn't have a tumor, but either swim sac infection or constipation (which can lead to swim sac infection). The website also said constipation is common in "older" Betta fish. According to the website, I'm supposed to feed him the inside of a pea and that should help him to, well, be regular again. The good news is that our fish is not terminal, and it is treatable. Hopefully.

Such is life in the House of Chang.

Friday, May 12, 2006

Caedmon Joshua Chang, Part II




As promised, here are the pics of our adorable nephew (and his parents)! We love you already, Caedmon!

Thursday, May 11, 2006

Expand-a-Jen

This is the term used by a dear friend of mine to describe my ever-growing belly. And it's true. I'm expanding like I never thought humanly possible! I hit the 30 week mark this week, and it looks like it. I would post pics from the last ultrasound, but I'd have to really work to describe what they are. The 3-D pics, though really cool, are harder to figure out sometimes - especially as the babies get bigger and more squished in their little house. They are now 2 lbs. 14 oz. and 2 lbs. 7 oz. That's a total of 5 lbs. 5 oz. of baby! So here's a picture of me, the amazing Expand-a-Jen!

Visitors!

We have had some visitors recently, though I have been bad about posting pics from our adventures with them. At the end of April Uncle Ed, Aunt Sandi, and Cousin Payton came out to visit sunny Arizona! Sandi and I were able to celebrate our birthdays together with the rest of the AZ clan which was fun. I also got to go with them to the zoo, and Mark and I got to spend part of a day with Payton alone. He got to play with Chloe and use the doggie door. It just made me think that our boys will be doing that in the not so distant future...

We also had some family friends this past week. Char and Dude lived in the same apartment complex as my parents way back before I was born. They have been like grandparents to my sister and I, and are some of the dearest friends we have. They brought their dog, Buster, out with them. He, Chloe, George, Greta, and Otto had a little doggie play date last Sunday...what a riot!


We had lots of fun with our company and are looking forward to another aunt and uncle coming to visit this week!

Wednesday, May 10, 2006

Caedmon Joshua Chang

We are the proud Uncle and Aunt of Caedmon Joshua Chang, born 5/10/06 at 10:18 pm! He was 6 lbs. 8 oz. and 19 3/4 inches long. We are so excited about our new little nephew! Congrats to Tom and Lynette! Welcome to the world, Caedmon...we can't wait to get to meet you!

Pics to come when we receive them...

Monday, May 01, 2006

Good Dogs!

This is a picture of two good dogs and their daddy. It was taken in the afternoon after the bad dog incidents occurred (see following post). They look so cute and serene here. I'll just go on believing that. It's better for all of us.